Maskwa Classical Osteopathy Inc.

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a profession that makes extensive use of manual diagnosis and treatment and emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body. Osteopaths are functional anatomists who use manual therapy. They find the health, rather than focus on disease. Osteopathic treatment works to restore proper body mechanics, nerve impulses and the circulation of body fluids.

What is an Osteopathic Manual Therapist?

Osteopathic Manual Therapists are educated and trained to work exclusively without the use of drugs or surgery by using manual methods for diagnosis and treatment. This is the predominant method of education worldwide outside of the USA and it is what is currently present in Canada. An Osteopathic manual therapist in this context is different from an Osteopathic physician (DO).

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What is an Osteopathic physician (DO)?

Osteopathic physicians (DO) are educated in schools of Osteopathic Medicine and are licensed and credentialed to an unrestricted scope of medical practice in the USA. This is the only country in the world offering a recognized medical degree in Osteopathic medicine. Most of these practitioners work in medical settings in much the same way as an M.D. does, practicing in almost all medical specialties. Additionally, these practitioners may be eligible for medical licensing in many countries outside the USA.

How does Osteopathy differ from Chiropractic?

Classical Osteopathy does not believe in using aggressive manual manipulation to bones, joints or tissues.

Classical Osteopathic therapists apply principles and techniques that adjust the body framework. It is gentle and suited to everyone.

We work diligently to balance the whole human structure using our understanding of applied anatomy, biomechanics and physiology. This makes Classical Osteopathy unique among the healing disciplines.

Is Classical Osteopathy the same as physiotherapy?

No, Classical Osteopathic manipulative therapists predominantly use their hands to help restore lost health. Other modalities are used at a minimum, and exercise is often only permitted or encouraged at times when the reparative qualities of the body are strong enough to deal with that level of stimulus.

Is Classical Osteopathy the same as Massage?

No, Classical Osteopathy does not believe in using harsh or protocol-driven treatment of the tissues. We reason why muscles get tight and sore and then work to correct the underlying structural imbalances causing the problem.

However, many Classical Osteopathic manipulative therapists do often support the use of massage and feel it is a useful adjunct to Osteopathic manual treatment when it is applied properly at the right time and in the correct manner.


Republished with permission from The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario.

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